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The Final Straw Radio is a weekly, english-language anarchist radio show founded in Asheville, NC.  We strive to cover current and enduring topics by going to the source and speaking to the people involved and effected by struggles around them, with an anti-authoritarian and anti-capitalist perspective. 



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The Final Straw Radio
Nov 28, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Today we’re excited to share a conversation with adrienne maree brown, the writer of such books as Holding Change , We Will Not Cancel Us , Pleasure Activism and Emergent Strategy . adrienne’s recent novella, Grievers , the first of a trilogy, was published by AK Press’ new Black Dawn imprint of speculative fiction. In this conversation, we dig into the book which is set in Detroit where a new illness that seems to only effect Black people (spoiler alert). We talk also about the role of...
Topics: grievers, fiction speculativefiction, scifi, adriennemareebrown, akpress, author, interview,...
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Nov 21, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, Scott spoke with Eric A Stanley about their new book, Atmospheres of Violence: Structuring Antagonism and the Trans/Queer Ungovernable , which was just published by Duke University Press. Eric A. Stanley is an associate professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In collaboration with Chris Vargas , they directed the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2019). Eric is also an editor, along with Tourmaline and Johanna...
Topics: state, anarchism, anarchy, trans, queer, gender, racism, race, ericstanley, author, interview,...
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Nov 14, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Mèo Mun is an anarchist collective working to make anarchist materials and ideas more accessible to a Vietnamese audience, together with providing an analysis of social struggles from a Vietnamese anarchist lens. Over the next hour you’ll hear three collective members, Mai, Will and tùng share their critiques of leftist misrepresentations of the Vietnamese State as Socialist, lasting impacts of imperialism and war on populations of Vietnam, the centering US imaginaries of Vietnam, the...
Topics: anarchist, vietnam, communistparty, socialist, interview, usa
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Nov 7, 2021 The Final Straw
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This week we’re featuring 2 guests speaking about Russia. First up, John spoke with author and journalist Dmitry Okrest about the state of anarchist and antifascist movements in Russia, the politics of Putin’s United Russia party, nazis and the far right in Russia and successes of the Communist Party in electoral politics. Then, Moscow Anarchist Black Cross member-in-exile, Antii Rautiainen, adds some more detail on repression in Russia, including the hunger strike of Network Case prisoner,...
Topics: wsfm, asheville fm, russia, repression, anarchist, Dmitry Okrest, Moscow Anarchist Black Cross,...
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Oct 31, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Asheville Survival Program Asheville Survival Program is an autonomous mutual aid network formed in early 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in so-called Asheville, NC. They are building mutual aid with oppressed communities, promoting solidarity and sharing outside the bounds of State structure through their streetside camping gear, food and solidarity distro and their “Until We’re All Free” Store, holding a distribution space open a few days a week walk-up visits and delivering...
Topics: asheville, ashevillenc, ashevillesurvivalprogram, mutualaid, activism, community, pandemic,...
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Oct 24, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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On March 21 st , 2021, thousands entered the streets of Bristol in the UK to vent their anger at deaths in police custody, police violence on the streets, as well as a slate of repressive laws including the SpyCops Bill , increasing impunity for government officials breaking their own laws, as well as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill , or simply The Bill, targeting Roma people, Travelers, lengthens youth prison sentences and criminalizing dissent and protest amidst some of the...
Topics: bristol, anarchistblackcross, birstolabc, uk, #killthebill, killthebill, blm, ryanroberts,...
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Oct 16, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week I am very excited to present an interview with Autumn (she/her/hers), who is an anarchist and scholar-activist, on Fat Liberation in all its many nuances, the pervasive, classist, racist, and colonial nature of fatphobia both in mainstream society and in far left spaces and thought, and the roots of Fat Liberation as a structure which originates and lives with Black, Indigenous, and brown, trans and disabled people. We also speak about Autumn’s syllabus entitled “Fat Liberation...
Topics: fatliberation, bodysize, health, weight, obesity, racism, sizeism, fatliberation, blackliberation
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Oct 10, 2021 The Final straw Radio
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This week we’re sharing a chat that Scott Branson had about Transgender Marxism (2021, Pluto Press) with Jules Gleeson (co-Editor, Contributor) and M.E. O’Brien (contributor). Transgender Marxism brings together Transgender Studies and Marxist theory, exploring Transgender lives and movements and surviving as Trans under Capitalism. In the end, the claim of the book is that for Trans Liberation, Capitalism must be abolished. In this interview we talk about the: collective, material process...
Topics: capitalism, gender, transgender, plutopress, author, communism, marxism, transgender studies,...
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Oct 3, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on The Final Straw, we spoke with Vasili and Maria, two Belarusian anarchists living abroad about the aftermath of the 2020 Uprising in their country of birth, lessons learned, the current political prisoners and the Lukashenko regime’s attempts to attack dissidents abroad. Maria is also a member of Belarus Anarchist Black Cross , which does anti-repression education and prisoner and legal support for anarchists in or from that country. More on that group and these topics can be...
Topics: belarus, anarchist, uprising, protest, lukashenko, repression, ukraine, poland, surveillance
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Sep 26, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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The Mountain Valley Pipeline, or MVP is planned to be a 300 + mile pipeline 42 inches in diameter being built to transport compressed so-called Natural Gas from the Marcellus formation in the Appalachian Basin, from northern West Virginia to southern Virginia for export. The pipeline started being built in 2018 and is slated to cross over 1,000 waterways, posing a danger to countless human and non-human animals and plants along the way as well as being responsible for 19 million metric tons of...
Topics: mountainvalleypipeline, mvp, marcellusshale, naturalgas, virginia, northcarolina, westvirginia,...
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Sep 19, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, we spoke with folks involved with Comrade Center, a leftist project focused on accessible education around armed self-defense in so-called New Hampshire. They were formerly known as South New England Socialist Rifle Association and while they’re no longer a chapter of the SRA, they are working with groups like that and individuals to purchase and maintaining a space for armed self-defense education outside of the right wing milieu in their area. For the hour we talk...
Topics: southernnewengland, sra, socialist, leftist, armed, gunsafety, selfdefense, comradecenter, nra,...
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Sep 12, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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On February 12th, 1994, Ernest Lee Johnson and his ex-girlfriends’ two sons participated in the botched robbery of Casey’s General Store that took three victims’ lives: Mable Scruggs, Mary Bratcher and Fred Jones. Mr Johnson has no recollection of the murders, was in despair and had been drinking and smoking crack in the hours after his ex-girlfriend broke up with him. A Black man with intellectual disabilities and no former, violent convictions, he was convicted by an ill-informed,...
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"Interpreting Realities: Aligning Fragments Within the Prisoners Resistance Movement " This is the second segment of a series of political discussions focused on building support for Jalihouse Lawyers Speak 2021 National call to action #ShutEmDown2021 along with support for the 2022 National Prisoner’ Strike & Boycott. In this segment “ Interpreting Realities: Aligning Fragments Within the Prison Resistance Movement ” moderated by Brooke Terpstra – a longtime resident of...
Topics: jailhouselawyersspeak, shutemdown2021, prison, prisonstrike, prisoner, unitedstates, abolition,...
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Aug 29, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Resisting state repression and surveillance is one of the cornerstones of The Final Straw and has been since the beginning of this project. Over the years we’ve featured interviews with support committees, political prisoners, defendants in ongoing cases, incarcerated organizers, radical legal workers and lawyers and others to talk about how power strikes at those who it fears constitute a threat. For those of us caught up in cases, navigating self-defense through the courts, penal system and...
Topics: legal, law, lawyer, anarchist, akpress, tiltedscales, repression, author, court
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This week on the show, we share an interview with Sonja, an antifascist activist and researcher based in the state of Hessen, Germany, and involved in the network known as NSU-Watch. For the hour, we talk about the case of the National Socialist Underground terror group which killed 9 immigrants of Turkish, Greek and Kurdish immigrants between 2000 and 2006 and were only discovered in 2011. Sonja tells about organizing with those who lost their loved ones in the attacks, the uncovering of...
Topics: nsu, nazi, germany, antifa, antifascist, research, dayx, conspiracy, francoalbrecht
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Aug 18, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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On this special midweek release, you’ll hear Swift Justice, incarcerated Abolitionist in Alabama affiliated with the Alabama Resistance Movement and Unheard Voices OTCJ . Swift talks about some current situations in the Alabama Department of Corrections, legislation ongoing around prison slavery due to the exception clauses at the state and federal level (specifically the 13 th Ammendment), covid-19 behind bars, groups doing well in the struggle and organizing that needs to go further and...
Topics: swiftjustice, unheardvoicesotcj, alabama, adoc, kineticjustice, prisoner, abolistionist
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Aug 15, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Unity And Struggle Through The Bars with Mwalimu Shakur This week on the show, you’ll hear our conversation with Mwalimu Shakur, a politicized, New Afrikan revolutionary prison organizer incarcerated at Corcoran prison in California. Mwalimu has been involved in organizing, including the cessations of hostilities among gangs and participation in the California and then wider hunger strikes against unending solitary confinement when he was at Pelican Bay Prison in 2013, helping to found the...
Topics: prison, prisoner, newafrikan, hungerstrike, solitaryconfinement, california, corcoran,...
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Aug 8, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show we are presenting an interview with Alice and Dolly, who are two people working toward Disability Justice and Mad Activism (among other things), about the prevalence of movement misogyny in antifascist currents, world building as antifascist and as community defense, ways to rethink harmful patterns in movements, and some things we can do to make each other safer. The show initially got in touch with these guests based on a Twitter thread that they co-authored about these...
Topics: antifa, antifascist, anarchist, feminist, feminism, liberation, whitesupremacy, rest, mentalhealth,...
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Aug 1, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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The city of Asheville likes to make headlines. The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, or TDA, has been working alongside other tourism industry groups, to make an impression in the minds of people worldwide and entice you to visit this little mountain city with it’s big fuck-off estate, the Biltmore, the beautiful mountains for hiking, waterfalls for swimming, artsy and craftsy culture for consuming and rivers of beers for tourists to tube down. But in the last year, Asheville...
Topics: asheville, avl, ashevillenc, police, ashevillepolice, defundavl, ashevillefreepress,...
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This week, we're excited to (re-)present a 2015 conversation with Saralee Stafford and Neal Shirley, editors and authors of their book out from AK Press entitled "Dixie Be Damned: 300 years of Insurrection in the American South" . The book is a study of Maroon, Indigenous, White, Black, worker, farmer, slave, indentured, women and men wrestling against institutions of power for autonomy and self-determination. All of this in a region stereotyped to be backwards, slow, lazy, victimized...
Topics: history, rebroadcast, dixiebedamned, ussouth, akpress, author, saraleestafford, neilshirley,...
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Jul 18, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week we re-air an interview done with Aishah Shahidah Simmons , who is a writer, community organizer, prison abolitionist, and cultural worker who has done just an immense amount of work over the years to help disrupt and end the patterns of sexual abuse and assault within marginalized communities. In this interview we talk about a lot of things, her background and how she came to be doing the work shes doing right now, how better to think about concepts like accountability, what doing...
Topics: afrolez, accountability, harm, africanamerican, childabuse, aishahshaidahsimmons, aishahsimmons,...
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Jul 11, 2021 The FInal Straw Radio
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The collective we spoke to for this episode began as a series of remotely-hosted blogs and communication methods among Iranian anarchists at home and abroad. By 2015 anarchists from Afghanistan had started to join and in 2018 the comrades from within Iran and Afghanistan and those living internationally founded Anarchist Union of Afghanistan and Iran. Since, more individuals and groups have joined up from around North Africa, the middle east and other places in the world and they in 2020...
Topics: iran, afghanistan, anarchism, anarchist, federationofanarchismera, afghanistanwar, uswar, usa,...
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Jul 4, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Joshua Clover is the author of seven books including Riot.Strike.Riot , which has been translated into six languages. Scott and Joshua talk about proletarian resistance to the capitalist economy through struggles against circulation of commodities and to fix their prices (riots) and struggles against exploitation and to set the price of wages in the workplace (strikes), how these methods are not as indistinguishable as we are told and the future of struggle against capitalism and extraction,...
Topics: joshuaclover, marxism, autonomous, communism, anarchism, economics, capitalism, labor, strike,...
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Jun 27, 2021 The Final Straw
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This week, we’re featuring two main portions of the show. You’ll hear updates from Greek comrades at 1431 AM free social radio in Thessaloniki and Radiozones Of Subversive Expression, 93.8 FM pirate radio in Athens . Both of these were featured on the latest episode of Bad News: Angry Voices from Around The World, available the middle of each month at A-Radio-Network.org . Prior to that, you’ll hear anarchist prisoner Xinachtli talk about his life and his case. This segment was first...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, wcrs, kwtf, kwrk, Xinatchtli, Alvaro Luna Hernandez, #FreeAlvaro, Indigenous, prison,...
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Jun 20, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we air a conversation between Scott and anarchist, author and organizer Cindy Milstein . The conversation is framed around the most recent compilation that Milstein has edited and contributed to, “ There Is Nothing So Whole As A Broken Heart: Mending The World As Jewish Anarchists ” ( AK Press , 2021). During the conversation, they speak about walking through the world as queer, non-binary Jewish anarchists, Palestine and Israel, Milstein finding increasing healing and ritual...
Topics: cindymilstein, akpress, author, editor, jewish, anarchist, jewishanarchist, queer, trans,...
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Jun 13, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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One thing that sets anarchism aside from other radical, egalitarian critiques of Power developed in the modern West is the conception of the State as an enemy. But what is the State, how does it work, why and how do we as anti-authoritarians and anarchists oppose it? These questions and more are the focus of the recent book, The Operating System: An Anarchist Theory of the Modern State ( AK Press , 2021). This week, we air Scott 's conversation with Eric on the book, theorizing the State as...
Topics: author, interview, anarchist, akpress, scottbranson, theoperatingsystem, ericlaursen, thestate,...
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Jun 6, 2021 The Final Straw Radio & June11th.Org
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June 11th is the international day of solidarity with Marius Mason and all long-term anarchist prisoners. This year we want to explore the connections between long-term prisoner support and anti-repression efforts around recent uprisings, a sharp reminder to us that the difference between a status of imprisoned or not is often tenuous and temporary. With thousands of arrests for protesting, rioting, and property destruction from last summer's George Floyd uprising, we must be preparing for the...
Topics: june11, anarchist, prisoner, jeremyhammond, jasonhammond, ferguson, chicagocommunitybondfund,...
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May 30, 2021 The FInal Straw Radio
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This week, two segments on prisoner resistance and abolition in Indiana. A longer edition, including music and Sean Swain's segment, is available at our website . First, you'll hear from Koby Bluitt talking about her father, Leon Benson and his struggle for release after 23 years in prison, 10 of which was in solitary confinement, for a murder charge in 1998 that he has consistently claimed to have not committed. More on Leon at freeleonbenson.org or leonbenson-freeleonbenson on facebook. The...
Topics: prison, indiana, idoc, idocwatch, abolition, jailhouselawyers, landisreynolds, organizing,...
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This week on the show we are pleased to present an interview with Mar í a Kamila, who is a teacher and a popular journalist who works with the anarchist Colombian journalism and counter-information collective in Bogot á called Subversi ó n. We originally reached out to talk about the current wave of protests and riots in Colombia, and this interview covers many topics, ranging from a historical contextualization of the current moment, who are on the front lines of the protests, Indigenous...
Topics: wsfm, colombia, bogota, colectivo subversion, counter information, polular, journalism, popular...
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May 16, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, we’re airing a portion of our 2018 interview with filmmaker and activist Yousef Natsha about his film about his hometown, Hebron, and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. We invite you to check out our full interview with him from March 25, 2018 , linked in our show notes and we’re choosing to air this right now because of the flare up in violent evictions, home destruction and the assassination of around 100 Palestinian residents of Gaza by the “Israeli Defense...
Topics: israel, palestine, settlercolonialism, canada, usa, turtleisland, hebron, yousefnatsha, kairajala,...
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May 9, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we present a conversation with Shane Burley, author of the new AK Press book, “ Why We Fight: Essays on Fascism, Resistance, and Surviving the Apocalypse ”. For the hour, we speak about the contents of the book, anti-fascism, toxic masculinity, pushing racists and fascists out of cultural space, antisemitism (including in the left), conspiricism, right wing publishing and other topics. Bursts references a couple of podcasts at various points: Black Autonomy Podcast: Black...
Topics: author, akpress, shaneburley, antisemitism, altright, fascism, antifascism, toxicmasculinity,...
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May 2, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Max Fox on Chitty's "Sexual Hegemony" This week, you’ll hear Scott’s chat with Max Fox, editor of the late Christopher Chitty’s book, “ Sexual Hegemony: Statecraft, Sodomy and Capital in the Rise of the World System ”, published by Duke University Press in 2020. Max Fox is an editor of Pinko Magazine , a former editor of New Inquiry Magazine and translator of Guy Hocquinguem’s novel “ The Ampitheatre of the Dead ”. You can find Max on twitter at @mxwfx . Christopher...
Topics: sexuality, homosexuality, foucault, marx, worldsystemstheory, christopherchitty, dup, maxfox,...
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Apr 25, 2021 The Final Straw
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This week we are very happy to present an interview with Pranav Jeevan P, who is a student, a writer, an anti-caste activist, and an Indian anarchist living in the state of Kerala. If you are listening to the radio edit, know that we had to cut out large portions of the original audio for time’s sake, but in this interview you’ll hear Pranav explaining how he got into anarchism, how anarchistic praxis unfolds in India, some about the origins of and worldwide implications of the caste...
Topics: wsfm, kowa, kwrk, wcrs, kwtf, Pranav Jeevan P, India, Indian anarchist, Ambedkarite, Dr BR...
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Apr 18, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Veronza Bowers, Jr: 47 Years of Justice Denied This week, we’re airing a conversation recorded by Eda Levinson on September 12 th , 2002, with political prisoner Veronza Bowers, Jr. It originally aired on Youth Speaks Out on KZYX in Modesto County, California, and we re-air this with permission of Veronza and the current producer of the Youth Speaks Out. The show continues to produce youth focused and progressive content available at YouthSpeaksOut.net . For the hour, you’ll hear former...
Topics: veronzabowersjr, politicalprisoner, shakuhachi, racism, blackpantherparty, fbi, cointelpro, prison,...
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Apr 11, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This is a conversation with Geoff Aung ( @Rg nhardliner on twitter), a Burmese American Marxist anthropology Phd candidate at Columbia University living abroad, about the current uprising, repression and revolutionary potentials in Myanmar. We discuss the evolution of tactics on the ground as revolutionaries adapt to the brutal murders of protesters by the state. Geoff also talks about the ways in which this movement is different from similar current movements in Asia and some of the historical...
Topics: myanmar, burma, militarycoup, junta, protest, revolution, milkteaalliance, civilwar, yangon,...
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Apr 11, 2021 Veronza Bowers, Jr
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These are a collection of audio recordings of spoken word and musical pieces featuring Veronza Bowers, Jr, political prisoner since 1974 and former Black Panther Party member in the US. These are being posted with the permission of Veronza and we hope to have them more available for streaming in the future. Healing Heart is performed by Jah Roots (a band of imprisoned musicians featuring Veronza on shatuhachi bamboo flute) Birthing Song is performed by Veronza Bowers, Jr, on shatuhachi flute...
Topics: shakuhachi, flute, meditation, veronzabowersjr, politicalprisoner, music, blackpanther, prison,...
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Apr 4, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, we bring you the audio of an activist panel from the recent Queer Conference held online by University of North Carolina, Asheville, in March of 2021. The conference was titled Fitting In and Sticking Out – Queer [In]Visibilities and the Perils of Inclusion . From the panel's description for the conference: This panel brings together 4 local (Asheville, NC) and regional groups working at different intersections of queer community support. We will learn about the work...
Topics: unca, queer, southern, qsc2021, youthoutright, tranzmissionprisonproject, prisoner, youth, trans,...
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Mar 28, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, I spoke with Comrade Chux, a member of Jailhouse Lawyers Speak. JLS is an autonomous network of incarcerated activists from across the so-called US. They have been engaged in organizing and calling for the 2016 & 2018 Nationwide Prison Strike activities. Chux and I chat about the call for this year for folks on the outside to engage for Abolition on August 21 and September 9 th , we talk about Abolition, Black August and other topics. You can learn more by following...
Topics: jailhouselawyersspeak, jls, abolition, prison, activism, abolitionism, shutemdown
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Mar 21, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Steve Martinez Still Resists Grand Jury Related To Dakota Access Pipeline Struggle It’s been nearly half a decade since thousands of indigenous water and land defenders and their accomplices and allies weathered a difficult winter and attacks by law enforcement and private security attempting to push through the Dakota Access Pipeline through so-called North Dakota. The DAPL was eventually built and has already, unsurprisingly damaged the lands, waters and sacred sites of the Standing Rock...
Topics: stevemartinez, nodapl, dakotaaccesspipeline, fossilfuels, mniwiconi, waterprotector, northdakota,...
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Mar 14, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we spoke with Anner, an Ethiopian member of Horn Anarchists, an anarchist group based in east Africa, particularly in Ethiopia and the Ethiopian diaspora. The group has been around for about a year and hopes to organize and spread anarchist ideas and organizing in the horn of Africa. Horn anarchists is a newer group planning to do work with refugees and introduce anarchist ideas to east Africa. For the hour, Anner talks about the group, the history of post-Junta Ethiopa, the context...
Topics: tigray, ethiopia, eritrea, somalia, sudan, refugee, genocide, war, conflict, abiyahmed, anarchist,...
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Feb 28, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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In Defense of Looting with Vicky Osterweil This week we are getting the chance to air a conversation that we had with writer, anarchist, and agitator Vicky Osterweil about her recently published book In Defense of Looting, a Riotous History of Uncivil Action published (Bold Type Press, August 2020). We get to talk about a lot of different topics in this interview, how the book emerged from a zine written in the middle of the Ferguson Uprising of the summer of 2014, its reception by the far...
Topics: vickyosterweil, looting, rioting, author, BoldTypePress, property, history, gender
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Feb 21, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Chronicling Prisoner Uprisings During Pandemic The last year has been a trying time for everyone. Hardest hit have been prisoners who have seen increasing infections of the covid-19 virus brought in by guards who live off site or other prisoners transferred in from other institutions, prisoners who don’t have the luxury of free movement during the incessant lockdowns their wardens employed as a band-aid measure to limit transmission, prisoners who don’t have effective healthcare in...
Topics: prison, prisoner, protest, riot, strike, hunger, work, usa, canada, covid-19, health, pandemic,...
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Feb 14, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on The Final Straw, we feature a conversation between our occasional host, Scott, and adrienne maree brown. For the hour, Scott and adrienne speak about We Will Not Cancel Us and Other Dreams of Transformative Justice , her latest booklet available through AK Press, as well as sci-fi, abolition, harm, accountability and healing. adrienne maree brown is the writer-in-residence at the Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute, and author of Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good ,...
Topics: adriennemareebrown, author, akpress, abolition, harm, transformativejustice, accountability,...
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Feb 7, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Working Class History This week, I spoke with John from the Working Class History collective and host of their WCH podcast. We spoke about the new book, “ Working Class History: Everyday Acts of Resistance “, that WCH has published through PM Press, their archives, methodology, the project of popularizing working class, movement and human-sized history and a bunch more. More info on Working Class History at their website, W orking C lass H istory. C om , in their podcast and on twitter ,...
Topics: workingclass, history, peopleshistory, zinn, intersectionality, decolonial, pmpress, author,...
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Jan 31, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, we air a conversation with Syl Ko, about the book "Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism and Black Veganism", a book co-authored with her sister Aph Ko on Lantern Press, recorded in 2018. The book started from their blog by the same title. The topics include how the book came to be, Afro-futurist re-appropriations of time, Black Veganism, how the racialized concepts of human and animal intertwine and much more. More at https://aphro-ism.com/
Topics: afrofuturism, sylko, lanternpress, vegan, feminism, literature, aphko
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Jan 26, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Jan 24, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on the show, you’ll hear two segments. First up, anti-fascist researcher Spencer Sunshine talks about the aftermath of the January 6th putsch attempt in DC, mainstream media and Democrat narratives of concerning domestic terrorism, reporting of participation of law enforcement and military in the riot, anti-fascist research, what the stepping down of Trump has meant for his radicalized base and Spencer’s thoughts on claims of rehabilitation by former White Nationalists like...
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The following is a conversation with ShineWhite. ShineWhite is the former spokesperson for the National White Panther Organization, a part of the United Panther Movement. There was quite recently a split in the UPM and ShineWhite is now affiliated with the Revolutionary Intercommunal Black Panther Party. In this conversation, ShineWhite talks about the White Panther Organization that he was representing at the time of this chat, how he became politicized in North Carolina Prisons, the terrible...
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Jan 10, 2021 The Final Straw Radio
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Organizing To End Prison Slavery with Bennu Hannibal Ra Sun This week, Bursts spoke with Bennu Hannibal Ra Sun, state name of Melvin Ray, co-founder of the Free Alabama Movement and the National Freedom Movement, which is helping coordinate prisoner-led organizing across the so-called US. Bennu just finished a 5 year period in segregated housing for his organizing efforts. For the hour, they talk about the National Network coordination, the continuation of slavery from chattel slavery in which...
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An Anarchist View from Havana: Isbel Diaz Torres This week on the Final Straw, we’re sharing another audio gift from comrades. Isbel Diaz Torres is a participant in the Taller Libertario Alfredo López / ABRA in Havana, Cuba, recorded in late 2018. In this chat, Isbel talks about the ABRA which is the only openly anarchist organization in Cuba at the time, about the LGBTQ movement and abortion rights which are both facing repression due to pressure from Cuban Evangelical and Catholic churches...
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Prison Bars Won’t Stifle These Hearts This week, we’re presenting three segments, all related in some way to prison. We hear an essay by an anarchist prisoner in Chile about a prison massacre on it’s 10 th anniversary, the voice of David Easley reporting from within a covid outbreak in an Ohio prison, and the voice of someone who’s protest against nuclear weapons was leading her to incarceration. David Easley on Outbreak at Toledo CI First up, Comrade David Easley at Toledo Correctional...
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Dec 20, 2020 The Final Straw
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Organizing in "No Chance Alamance" County This week on the show I’m speaking with three folks engaged in organizing in the rural Alamance County, North Carolina, and it’s capital of Graham. All three work with the 501c4 political non-profit, DownhomeNC which in Alamance has been working on a range of engagements including running local candidates for office, doing get-out-the-vote work, sparking conversations with rural residents of the county, running a bail fund and working on...
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Dec 13, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, you’ll hear Kiran and Marco of the Angry Workers , a collective of anti-authoritarian communists struggling to think through and build workers autonomy from the UK. For the hour, they talk about their organizing and the book they just published, “Class Power On Zero Hours” (available from PM press ) Over 6 years, the Angry Workers got jobs in West London in factories, warehouses and logistics, building relationships with coworkers and neighbors from origins worldwide, and...
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Daryle Lamont Jenkins: Defend DC, December 11 and 12th This week, you’ll hear a full show, with an update on antifascist resistance in the US by Daryle Lamont Jenkins, updates from Greece and Slovenia (more below). Defend DC, 12/11-12/12 Our main content is a conversation with antifascist organizer Daryle Lamont Jenkins of the One People’s Project and IdaVox to talk about his views of the state of the far right at this time in the US, their Stop The Steal rallies and the November 14 th...
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Nov 29, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Uncovering Spy Cops in the UK This week, I spoke with Dónal O’Driscoll, an animal rights activist and anarchist from the UK talking about the work of the Undercover Research Group to investigate possible SpyCops in the UK, share resources by those harmed by the lies of long term undercovers in activist communities and the current Inquiry that activists are using to unearth the legacy of police infiltration since the 1960’s. Helpful sites: http://undercoverresearch.net/ “Was My Friend A...
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Nov 22, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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The Uprising in Belarus Belarus is continuing to experience a revolt against the 26 year dictatorship of the post-Soviet dictator, Alexander Lukashenko. The situation came to a boil, fueled by yet another election rife with administration corruption, the creation of mutual aid infrastructure in the face of a government that abandoned public health measures in the face of the corona virus pandemic, decreased economic quality of life… people found each other and the state turned on them. In...
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This week I got the chance to sit down with Olive and Yousef of the Durham NC based eviction defense group HEDS-Up! HEDS-Up! stands for Housing Eviction Defense Solidarity and is a group which formed in Durham North Carolina when COVID was first hitting the area and folks’ housing was becoming more and more unstable. We get to talk about a lot of topics in this episode, among which are gentrification in Durham, what the NC eviction process might look like, and about the group’s handbook the...
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Nov 8, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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20 Years of Certain Days Calendars + Cellphone Hacking by Cops This week on the The Final Straw we’re featuring two segments. Both have been edited for length. The full version of the prior and the latter can be found at our website. Certain Days: Freedom For Political Prisoners 2021 Calendar First, an interview with the producers of the Certain Days: Freedom For Political Prisoners calendar, which will be getting back from printers early this week. For the release of the 2021 Certain Days:...
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Nov 1, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Resisting State Repression Panel The following is a conversation between folks involved in anti-repression work in 5 parts of the so-called US. The goal was to present a zoomed out vision of scope and patterns of repression since the Floyd Uprising of this summer, particularly as the US sits in a period of heightened tensions around the elections and continued killings by police. Please consider sharing this chat around. We need to be ready to push back against repression and support the mostly...
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Oct 25, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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This week on The Final Straw Radio, we spoke with Dylan and Enzo of Unity & Struggle. Unity & Struggle, or U&S, is an anti-state communist collective spread across the so-called US. Their members publish essays and engage in local organizing activities. Enzo recently authored a short essay entitled “ How Do We Stop A Coup ” which had editorial contribution by the wider U&S collective. For the hour, we talk about the threat of a “Constitutional Coup”, the importance of...
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Oct 23, 2020 Fire Ant Journal
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This issue of Fire Ant is dedicated to the memory of Delbert Africa. This is issue #7, Autumn 2020. Fire Ant is a collaboration between anarchist prisoners and free roaming anarchists. Fire Ant seeks to raise material aid for anarchist prisoners while fostering communication between anarchists on both sides of the walls. To support the anarchist prisoner war fund, please email bloomingtonanarchistblackcross@riseup.net . All money will go directly to prisoners. The fund currently supports...
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Oct 18, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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This week, you'll hear Ruchell Magee speak about his struggle over 57 years to be heard in the California court system and appeals to US Federal courts. Ruchell is the lone, surviving prisoner-participant of the August 7 th , 1970 Marin County Courthouse Rebellion, lead by Jonathan Jackson and including prisoner rebels William Christmas and James McClain. Ruchell took the name of Cinque (aka Sengbe Pieh ), the Mende man who justified for his right to resist unjust enslavement aboard the slave...
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Oct 11, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Bomani Shakur speaks to us from death row at OSP Youngstown in Ohio. Bomani is accused of crimes related to the 1993 Lucasville Uprising he claims innocence of and has an execution date set for November 16, 2023. For the hour we speak about his upbringing, his case, injustice in white supremacist and capitalist America, Bomani’s politicization and struggle to find himself, defend his dignity and his life. To hear a longer, podcast version, check out this link on archive . This interview was...
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Oct 4, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Mark Cook of the George Jackson Brigade (Burning Books Lecture Series) This week, we’re airing a presentation by Mark Cook from Burning Books bookstore in Buffalo, NY. This was recorded on February 18 th , 2016. From the announcement on Kersplebedeb.com for the event: “Mark Cook is a former Black Panther, member of the George Jackson Brigade, and political prisoner. Twenty four years in prison could not break his spirit or commitment to Black liberation and Mark Cook is as active an...
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Sep 27, 2020 The Final Straw
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This week on The Final Straw, we present a conversation that I had with Lorax B. Horne , a non-binary writer and journalist from Canada, Ecuador and the United Kingdom who is currently the Editor-In-Chief of the data transparency collective, Distributed Denial of Secrets , or DDOSecrets. In June of this year, the collective released roughly 269 gigabytes of hacked information from 251 law enforcement agencies, dubbed BlueLeaks. The data comes from the shadowy hacker group, Anonymous, and was...
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This week we had the opportunity to connect with Delee Nikal, who is a Wet’su’weten community member, about updates from the Gidimt’en Camp that was created to block the TransCanada Coastal GasLink pipeline (or CGL) that Canada is trying to push through their un-ceded territory. In this interview Bursts and Delee speak about ways folks can get involved, both in so called BC and elsewhere, how the covid pandemic is affecting their work, and many other topics. Click here to hear a past...
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This week we are pleased to present a guest interview with author Kristian Williams about his new book Resist Everything Except Temptation: The Anarchist Philosophy of Oscar Wilde which was released in June 2020 from AK Press . I found this interview extremely illuminating, perhaps like many other people who might not have strong ties to either academia or popular education models of learning, I had sort of written Oscar Wilde off as this kind of white dead rich guy who carried little to no...
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Sep 6, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Prison By Any Other Name: Vikki Law on Toxic Reforms This week we speak with author and activist, Vikki Law about the book Prison By Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reforms, just out from The New Press and co-authored by Maya Schenwar. We speak about how reform and so-called 'more humane' 'alternatives' to incarceration such as electronic monitoring, drug courts and probation in fact extend the carceral net. We also talk about alternatives to the 'Punishment Paradigm' in...
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Aug 30, 2020 The Final Straw
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Aric McBay on Ecology and Strategies for Resistance This week we are airing a conversation that Bursts had a few weeks ago with Aric McBay, who is an anarchist, organizer, farmer, and author about his most recent book called Full Spectrum Resistance published by Seven Stories Press in May 2019. This book is divided into 2 volumes, and from the books website [fullspectrumresistance.org]: “ Volume 1: Building movements and fighting to win , explores how movements approach political struggle,...
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Aug 16, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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We Need To Spread This Freely: JN On HK Under National Security Law This week, I speak with JN, an anarchist who works with the decolonial, leftist HongKonger platform, Lausan , talks about where the uprising against Chinese integration in Hong Kong stands, the National Security Law, tankie and rightwing narratives and international anti-authoritarian solidarity and resistance. The interview about Belarus that I mentioned before was from a recent episode of Elephant In The Room , from Dresden,...
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Aug 9, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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RVA In The Uprising First up, L (who works with the Richmond Community Bail Fund) and Buzz talk about their experiences in the streets and doing anti-repression work in Richmond, Virginia, throughout the uprising against police killings sparked by the murder of George Floyd in so-called Minneapolis. Amazing projects the guests suggest you check out: Race Capitol podcast, quite worth a listen Virginia Student Power Network ( VSPN ) Mutual Aid Disaster Relief (MADR) Richmond Leaders Of The New...
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This week we got to sit down with two members of the Portland General Defense Committee , AC (they them) and Raoul (they he), about the ongoing Uprising in Portland OR in the months since the murder of George Floyd. We get to touch on a lot of topics in this interview; the neo-liberal whitewashing of the image of the city of Portland which masks a lot of ultra racist and colonial tendencies, personal timelines of engagement in the Uprising, and a lot of tips and tricks for newer and older...
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Jul 26, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Pipeline Updates from Yellow Finch Tree Sit 690 days. That is how long the tree sit on Yellow Finch lane has been standing to block the progress of the Mountain Valley Pipelines proposed 301 mile corridor of pressurized, fracked liquefied natural gas. This week, we speak with Dustie Pinesap and Woodchipper who are at the Yellow Finch Tree Sit in so-called Montgomery County, Virginia, who talk about the MVP, the recently-cancelled Atlantic Coast Pipeline, resistance during the pandemic,...
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Jul 19, 2020 The Final Straw Radio
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Anarchist Prisoners and Updates from the A-Radio Network This week, we're continuing our pandemic vacation. First up is some new words on surveillance and resistance by Sean Swain. We’ll also be featuring audio from the most recent episode of our cousin project, Dissident Island Radio, where they spoke with a fan of London Anarchist Black Cross about the upcoming July 23-30th Week of Solidarity with Anarchist Prisoners . Dissident Island Radio is also a member of the Channel Zero Network and...
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Rik Scarce is the author of the 1990 exploration of earth liberation and defense and the folks involved, entitled “Eco-Warriors: Understanding The Radical Environmental Movement”, which is still considered required reading in understanding radical eco-defense. At one point, he served 159 days in the Spokane jail for refusing to testify about his sources in his research on the Animal Liberation movement. Leslie James Pickering, co-owner of Burning Books in Buffalo, NY, is an author, activist...
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